The opening date and first shows for Storyhouse, Chester’s new £37m theatre, cinema and library have been announced. After a ten year absence of a professional theatre in the city centre, Storyhouse will open in May 2017 with a run of four home produced shows, performed in rep by a cast of 26 actors.
Artistic director Alex Clifton said that :
“We are thrilled to be announcing our much anticipated inaugural season. We believe that we have four brilliant stories to tell. We open with the down and dirty musical The Beggar’s Opera, in a new version fro Chester with an original score rewritten for our time.” He said that Alice in Wonderland would be a “joyous family show” and that all of the plays would “tackle big important questions about our shared cultural identity, and none more obviously than Julius Caesar, a political thriller, perfectly set to take audiences to the rancid heart of power”. In contrast Midsummer Night’s Dream will be an “on stage carnival ” that will “celebrate the glorious diversity and volatility of human desire”.
Storyhouse has been constructed inside the Grade II listed shell of the former Odeon, with a new brick and translucent extension housing the theatre space. After a long wait it will be exciting to see the completion of a new building in the city that is neither a restaurant or student housing block. Cllr Louise Gittins said that Storyhouse will be “a place that the borough’s communities can come together and experience the UK’s leading theatre, opera, dance and music companies. It will create opportunities not available before”. This was echoed by Shadow Cabinet member Stuart Parker who said that Storyhouse “marks a substantial shift in the region’s growing cultural offer. The wait has definitely been worth it to see the transformation into a venue for us all to feel a part of”.
For the people of Chester, after a long wait it will be exciting to see the completion of a new building in the city that is neither a restaurant or student housing block.
Alice in Wonderland by Glyn Maxwell, will be at the Storyhouse from 19th May to 9th July and will then transfer to the open air theatre until the 2oth August.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be on the Storyhouse stage from 9th June to 16th July and in the open air theatre from 21 July to 27 August
Julius Caesar will be inside from 23rd June to 30th July and in the park from 3 August to 27 August.
For full dates and tickets see http://www.storyhouse.com